Launaea sarmentosa

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Launaea sarmentosa
Launaea sarmentosa at Kavvaayi (2).jpg
Scientific classification
L. sarmentosa
Binomial name
Launaea sarmentosa
  • Launaea bellidifolia Cass.
  • Launaea pinnatifida Cass.
  • Microrhynchus dregeanus DC.
  • Prenanthes sarmentosa Willd.

Launaea sarmentosa is a perennial herb species in the family Asteraceae.[1] It is native to coastal areas in Africa (east coast), Madagascar, the Seychelles, Mauritius, India, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.[1] It is naturalized in Western Australia.[2][3]


Kulla-filaa[4] (IAST Kuḷḷafilā, ކުއްޅަފިލާ in Maldivian) has been used as a dietary plant in the Maldives for centuries in dishes such as mas huni and also as a medicinal plant.[5]


  • Yusriyya Salih, A Pharmacognostical and Pharmacological Evaluation of a Folklore Medicinal Plant “Kulhafila” (Launea sarmentosa (Willd) Schultz-Bip.ex Kuntze). Gujarat Ayurved University – 2011
  • Xavier Romero-Frias, Eating on the Islands, Himāl Southasian, Vol. 26 no. 2, pages 69–91 ISSN 1012-9804


  1. ^ a b "Launaea sarmentosa (Willd.) Sch. Bip. ex Kuntze". Flora Zambezica. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Launaea sarmentosa (Willd.) Kuntze". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.
  3. ^ Launaea sarmentosa (Asteraceae), Global Compendium of Weeds, accessed March 30, 2011
  4. ^ Hanby Baillie Reynolds, Christopher. A Maldivian dictionary. p. 89. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  5. ^ Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Barcelona 1999, ISBN 84-7254-801-5

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